Our business community has persevered over the past few years in the face of the pandemic. As we move out of those uncertain times and refocus on the future of our Valley, many topics continue to keep our business owners and stakeholders up at night. From workforce challenges, child care shortages, and affordable housing questions,…

The YEA! students are students ages 11 to 18 and are taught by local entrepreneurs and are introduced to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs, and business mentors. During the course of the program, students have created their own business plan, pitched their business plan, and now they will unveil their business at a trade show. This…

You’ve heard quite a bit from me lately as we move toward the selection of new staff leadership at the Chamber. That is because you are part of the Chamber team. I’ve been reminded these past few weeks that a strong team is a key to a strong organization like our Chamber. It is the…

On Wednesday, March 16th at 6:00PM, our student entrepreneurs will finally take the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry. The students have been tirelessly practicing and polishing their presentations and are ready to share with the world all their hard work! Let’s set the stage. Eight students…

As part of March Membership Madness, we’d like to highlight ways to engage with the opportunities and benefits that are included in your investment with the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. Here are just a few ways to get involved and make the most of your investment with us! Let us know what issues…

On February 17th, Governor Jared Polis presented highlights of his recent State of the State address, with a focus on the Western Slope at a special event hosted by the Grand Junction Area Chamber. This was the first time a Colorado Governor has presented his State of the State address on the Western Slope in…

It is an amazing fact about Grand Junction that less than two years after the area was opened up to settlement in 1882 a group of business owners were already meeting to establish an organization to promote commerce.  Fast forward to November 2021 and Chamber board members were discussing how quality of life for all…

On April 23rd, 1910 Theodore Roosevelt gave what would become his most quoted speech. As we look toward Denver and Washington, D.C. with trepidation about what might be coming next it might be a good time to review what has been dubbed “The Man in the Arena” speech. It reads in part, “It is not…

Advocacy can take many forms from lobbying on proposed legislation to participating to in federal/state rulemaking processes to working to generally improve the overall business climate. An advocacy effort that the Grand Junction Chamber engaged in long before supply chain issues hit the news nationally, was the ability of our businesses to effectively get freight…

October 20th the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with numerous healthcare organizations throughout the Grand Valley and Colorado to provide relevant and timely healthcare topics for the 2021 Healthcare Summit. Topics included details on healthcare benefits, changing employment law and pandemic mandates, focusing on employee mental health, and the future of healthcare in…

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